Manuela Choc López, 21, is a coffee producer in Guatemala. After turning to beekeeping to diversify her activities, she quickly realized that bees were also helping to improve her coffee crops. "Before having bees, coffee plantations didn't have many flowers," says Manuela. “But now, thanks to the pollination of bees, we are seeing very good results in our coffee plantations and on the trees near the hives. They have helped a lot with our crops.” The value of food production based on the direct contribution of pollinators is estimated at between 235 and 577 billions of dollars. Find out what else bees can do!
Bees pollinate a third of what we eat and play an essential role in preserving the planet's ecosystems. About 84% of crops for human consumption depend on pollinators. Pollination by bees, for example, not only makes it possible to obtain more fruit, berries or seeds, but also to improve the quality of products. Discover 7 fruits and vegetables - that are surely already a part of your daily life - which particularly depend on pollination by bees. For example, no bees = no strawberries or apples!
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From beekeeping providing new opportunities to the youth of Somaliland and to the young Syrians returning home, to the last beekeepers of San Antonio Tecómitl facing urbanization in Mexico, through the sweet honey of Azerbaijan and William Shakespeare's fascination with bees, discover all the stories that were inspired by these little pollinators!
The music of bees
Flight of the Bumblebees - Composed by Michael Omer